Until the 2020 NFL season starts, we’ll be debating non-stop who the offseason winner was.
But Rich Eisen is confident that he already knows the answer. On a recent episode of the Rich Eisen Show, the NFL analyst declared that the San Francisco 49ers were the clear winner of the offseason.
Eisen was quickly pressed to explain himself, as the 49ers made few additions while losing several key contributors from their 2019 NFC Championship campaign. But Eisen explained that the 49ers won the offseason because they were smart with their decision making.
He pointed to the controversial trade of DeForest Buckner to the Colts as an opportunity for San Francisco to pay the rest of their defensive line. Specifically, the 49ers gave star DT Arik Armstead an extension after making the move.
“Here’s why the 49ers had the best offseason out of anybody… they traded DeForest Buckner for a first-round draft choice and extended Arik Armstead,” Eisen said. “How many teams hamstrung themselves before realizing they can’t pay all of their players? It’s called managing your team and your roster and your cap.”
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) June 26, 2020
Eisen pointed to other re-signings that they 49ers did that he believes have the team set up to be successful for years to come.
It’s not a bad argument when you look at San Francisco as a team that already had an elite roster being positioned to maintain that roster for the next few years.
Do you think the San Francisco 49ers were the NFL offseason winner?